China's chief scientist opens lab in Adelaide

Tuesday, 11 November 2003

China's most senior scientist, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Professor Lu Yongxiang, will open a new soil environment laboratory during his visit to the University of Adelaide on Wednesday, November 12.

As part of his visit, Professor Lu will also give a Free Public Lecture at the university.

The new laboratory of Soil Biology/Soil Environmental Science has been jointly established between the University of Adelaide and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, with a new lab at the university's Waite Campus and its "twin" at the Chinese Academy's Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences in Beijing.

It is the first joint facility of its kind between China and Australia.

Professor Lu, who is also a Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (the highest organ of State power of the People's Republic of China), will officially open the new laboratory at 10.00am at the Plant Research Centre, Waite Campus.

Professor Lu's free public lecture deals with the Chinese Academy's role in the development of science and technology in China. It will be held at 3.30pm in the University's Council Room (Kenneth Wills Building), North Terrace Campus.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Professor Lu to the University of Adelaide," says Adelaide's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Edwina Cornish.

"His visit is indicative of the closer research links between the University and the Chinese Academy that will result in significant gains in environmental research of benefit to both Australia and China.

"Our soil scientists are working on several key research projects that are of major interest to our countries' agricultural industries, as well as moves to improve the overall environmental condition of our soils," she says.

WHAT: Launch of new soil laboratory
WHERE: Downstairs Common Room, Plant Research Centre, Waite Campus
WHEN: 10.00am Wednesday, Nov 12

WHAT: Free public lecture
WHERE: Council Room, Level 7, Kenneth Wills Building, North Terrace Campus
WHEN: 3.30pm Wednesday, Nov 12


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